How can suppliers practice what they preach on sustainability
Sika Limited and Sika Ireland Limited are part of the global Sika Group, specialising in the manufacture and supply of chemical based products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protecting in the building sector and the motor vehicle industry.
The importance of sustainability is recognised the world over but it means different things to different people. For many it is about low environmental impact, whether that is in terms of performance or delivery. However, it is so much more than that and for a global business such as Sika, it is imperative that we fully embrace sustainability and practice what we preach.
As a business, sustainability is embedded into everything we do – it affects us economically, environmentally and socially. It is a fundamental part of our everyday business.
As a leading manufacturer of products working across multiple industry sectors and as a responsible employer, sustainability affects our thoughts, behaviours and actions – everyday. For us, sustainability is a shared goal but one whose successes directly benefit all.
- Economic performance.
- Sustainable solutions.
- Local communities/society.
- Occupational safety.
These targets define what we do on a day-to-day basis from a business strategy and culture perspective.
Sika has committed to using the GRI’s (Global Reporting Initiative) sustainability reporting standards for our Annual Report, which details initiatives implemented and progress towards sustainability targets. GRI provides the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standards – 92% of the world’s largest 250 corporations report on their sustainability performance and 74% of these companies use GRI’s standards.
Embracing GRI not only illustrates to stakeholders the importance that we place on sustainability, but also demonstrates that we are not afraid of being open and honest; building trust with customers and local communities alike.
GRI compares performance, year on year. This approach allows us to base our sustainability credentials on fact and not on 'green wash'. This is exceptionally important for a company that produces hundreds of different products, in dozens of different countries, as customers need to have the confidence that what they are specifying or installing is not only fit-for-purpose but also meets their sustainability needs.
As a global company, a global approach to sustainability is required, as demonstrated by our membership of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and our commitment to the UN Global Compact. Further illustration of our commitment includes 150 tonnes of waste saved and reused at a plant in Germany; a 60% saving of lighting energy at a number of our European factories and warehouses and 6% saving in electricity using outside cooling for processing at a plant in the US.
Sika also works with the Global Nature Fund who have developed partnerships with more than 100 organisations to address drinking water conservation globally. Additionally, in Thailand and Vietnam, Sika staff have volunteered more than 3,600 hours to support Operation Smile International which is dedicated to providing free treatment to children and adults suffering from cleft lips and palates.
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